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Nigerian photographer Benneth Nwankwo is working on a documentary street photography project. Titled Nigeria Through the Lens, the project sees him shooting remarkable photos of places in the country.

“I’m documenting photographs that champion Nigeria’s culture and diversity,” he explains in an email to Brittle Paper. “I hope to work with a small number of successful artists from around the states of the federation and frequently exhibit our works at art fairs in Nigeria. During our exhibitions we would provide a relaxed space where all art lovers, from seasoned collectors to first-time buyers, can enjoy our work.”

The photos in Nigeria Through the Lens are richly-textured and bloom in the shading he gives each shot.

Also a satirist, poet, and essayist, Benneth Nwankwo is the founder of LiteraNation, an organization whose activities are geared towards the development, appreciation and promotion of indigenous literary and artistic skills, talent, and intellectual power. He is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and Figures of Speech Movement.

Check out some of his photos below.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

One Response to “Nigeria Through The Lens | Benneth Nwankwo’s Richly-Textured Documentary Photographs” Subscribe

  1. Izunna Okafor 2018/03/30 at 12:36 #

    This is great, and very nice of you Prof Benneth. I do not contest the ubiquitous fact that this is surely going to be the first of its kind in such a heterogeneous hamlet as Nigeria.
    I wish you a grand success as you embark in your peregrinations and this voyage-demanding project. Go and break the record my brother.
    #
    Izunna Okafor

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